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Six Reasons Why Men Are Avoiding Marriage, with Helen Smith, Ph.D.

Learn more in Helen Smith's "Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream—and Why It Matters" Buy the hardcover: http:/...
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I think this is something that we as Christians need to understand--why people are reluctant to get married. What can we do to reverse the trend?

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Why Men Don’t Change | Gary Thomas

Why Men Don’t Change | Gary Thomas | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it

What if your husband isn’t motivated by your pain? What if he’s only motivated by his?

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Great article--and the basis for a two-part series I wrote this week. First one is here: http://tolovehonorandvacuum.com/2016/02/when-your-husband-wont-change/

 

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The One Sure Sign You are in an Emotionally Abusive Relationship

The One Sure Sign You are in an Emotionally Abusive Relationship | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
There is one key component of every single emotionally destructive relationship. If this one thing is present in your relationship, you are being emotionally abused. Period.
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One of the best articles on emotional abuse--Natalie is finally telling her story, starting at the beginning. And it's riveting. After writing my posts this week on husbands who have no empathy, this really resonated.

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What I Wish I'd Known Before I Got Divorced

What I Wish I'd Known Before I Got Divorced | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes.
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So true! I think one of the key things is that people don't realize how much work they will have to put into a divorce--just sorting out the money and the custody and all the work of split vacations, etc. Put that work into the marriage and see if it can be saved! (I know some can't and shouldn't be saved. But many can be. And we need to realize that we'll work regardless. The question is where do you want to work?)

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Five surprising signs you're heading for a divorce

Five surprising signs you're heading for a divorce | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
Forget constant rows - recent research suggests that NOT arguing is a tell-tale sign your relationship is on the rocks. So what are the others?

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Why BiblicalGenderRoles.com does not represent the true Christian view of sex

Why BiblicalGenderRoles.com does not represent the true Christian view of sex | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
News outlets around the world have each picked up on a blog titled 'Biblical Gender Roles', a website which claims that men should not tolerate their wives refusing sex, and that husbands should invoke fear in their wives.
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So true--the website claims there is no such thing as marital rape. We need to speak up against this horrible abuse of Scripture.

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I Did Not Marry My One True Love

I Did Not Marry My One True Love | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
Love is a choice, marriage is hard, and there's no man or woman out there who can "complete" you.
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So true! Love is a choice, everyday.

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When Easy Answers Don’t Help a Marriage | Faith Today Blog

When Easy Answers Don’t Help a Marriage | Faith Today Blog | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
by Sheila Wray Gregoire I've been a blogger since 2008, and my blog, To Love, Honor and Vacuum, has grown quite large. I've been writing books at the same time, but my main ministry is that blog.
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We need to get away with just giving Christian pat answers to messy marriage problems. Jesus understands mess; not everything is neat and tidy.

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6 Marks of Healthy Sexuality | Gary Thomas

6 Marks of Healthy Sexuality | Gary Thomas | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
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Such a great article about what sex in marriage should look like--as compared with our culture. I especially like #3--that healthy sex doesn't perpetuate brokenness.

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Family breakdown points to important role of marriage

Family breakdown points to important role of marriage | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
A landmark study on family life has revealed a huge increase in family breakdown and highlighted the vital role of marriage.
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Work, School And Marriage: Americans At Age 27

Work, School And Marriage: Americans At Age 27 | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
The government released a snapshot of 27-year-olds in America. Here are a few numbers that caught our eye.

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Look at the education gap between men and women--that has to impact marriage!

 

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The Marriage Mistake Almost Everybody Makes

The Marriage Mistake Almost Everybody Makes | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
Of course, there's no way to know for sure you're picking the right partner. But I gained a key insight from our interviews over the past several years with around 800 of the oldest Americans -- a group that if you add it all up had over 25,000 years...

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This is awesome! The mistake people make: Thinking they can change their spouse. Marry someone JUST THE WAY THEY ARE.

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Six Reasons Why Men Are Avoiding Marriage, with Helen Smith, Ph.D.

Learn more in Helen Smith's "Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream—and Why It Matters" Buy the hardcover: http:/...
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I think this is something that we as Christians need to understand--why people are reluctant to get married. What can we do to reverse the trend?

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Why The Conservative Faith Community Should Be On The Frontlines Advocating For Gender Equality, But Are Not...

Why The Conservative Faith Community Should Be On The Frontlines Advocating For Gender Equality, But Are Not... | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
I went to graduate school at Regent University, which was founded by extremely conservative public figure, Pat Robertson. Oddly enough, it was at Regent University that I became a Christian feminist. I have noticed that the more educated Christian women become, the more likely they are to become f
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The author is on to something important here--and I love this quote: "Patriarchy is not the Bible’s message. Patriarchy is the backdrop to the Bible’s message." Exactly! And too many Christians think that it is actually being godly to continue the curse--to ensure that women are treated as subordinates to men, which leads to so much abuse and so many unhealthy marriages. We need to learn MUTUAL submission and how to be a true team. Anything else continues the curse; it does not bring freedom from Christ.

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When I Rejected My Husband’s Advances Outright

When I Rejected My Husband’s Advances Outright | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
I realize how bad that title sounds. Because I’m Mrs. Marital Intimacy, right? I’m highly in favor of married couples have frequent and satisfying sexual encounters. I’m personall…
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Love Julie's 5 points here--reminds me of my Do Not Deprive series I did a while ago, and what it really means: http://tolovehonorandvacuum.com/2012/10/wifey-wednesday-do-not-deprive-roundup/

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10 Signs You DON'T Need Marriage Counseling - Kevin A. Thompson

10 Signs You DON'T Need Marriage Counseling - Kevin A. Thompson | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
Not every couple needs marriage counseling. If these 10 things are present in your relationship, don't call a counselor. 
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Great article! And I agree--these are 10 signs of a healthy marriage. Doesn't mean you SHOULDN'T see a counselor--often people can benefit from a "tune up" every now and then. But these things should be present in a healthy relationship!

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Dating Decline: Why Nobody Knows What the Heck They're Doing Anymore -

Dating Decline: Why Nobody Knows What the Heck They're Doing Anymore - | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
James Michael Sama wants guys to be brave, and take the next step in dating like grown-ups.
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Interesting look at how we've gotten lazy about dating, and now nobody knows what they're doing.

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If Your Dog (or Husband) Runs, Don't Chase Him - Kevin A. Thompson

If Your Dog (or Husband) Runs, Don't Chase Him - Kevin A. Thompson | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
If your husband runs from his responsibility, it's tempting to chase him. Yet it rarely works. What should you do when you are tempted to run after him?
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Great article on boundaries in marriage!

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The Changing Impact of Education on Divorce and Break-up Risk | Family Studies

The Changing Impact of Education on Divorce and Break-up Risk | Family Studies | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
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The divorce rate is now much higher among the least educated than the best educated. That is the new class divide.

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Your Husband’s Infidelity Is Not Your Fault

Your Husband’s Infidelity Is Not Your Fault | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
Adultery comes from a greedy heart, not an insufficient wife.
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The Imitation of Marriage - New York Times

The Imitation of Marriage - New York Times | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
Can progressive ideas really save the working-class family?
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Is the lower class imitating the WRONG cultural aspects of the upper class when it comes to marriage? Yep.

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Marriage, Parenthood, and Public Policy > Publications > National Affairs

Marriage, Parenthood, and Public Policy > Publications > National Affairs | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it

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The unspeakable link between stable families and prosperity | Institute of Marriage and Family Canada

The unspeakable link between stable families and prosperity | Institute of Marriage and Family Canada | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
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Stable marriages really do affect wealth--key quote: The public sector can attempt to act as family when families fail, but this neither promotes human flourishing nor balanced budgets. Some things are irreplaceable.

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Is Screen Time Robbing Your Marriage?

Is Screen Time Robbing Your Marriage? | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
It’s Wednesday, the day when we always talk marriage! Today please welcome Arlene Pellicane, author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife, as she shares great insight into how we choose to spend our time as a couple (and as a family).

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A Different Kind of Sex Challenge

A Different Kind of Sex Challenge | Christian Marriage | Scoop.it
Various marriage bloggers have done sex challenges, asking couples to try having sex every day for a week, ten days, or even a month. These have their merits, and couples have gained from these challenges, but I see a problem.

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Great article! He's saying: don't bite off more than you can chew. Think purposefully about doing things better for the next month.

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